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Tyler Cristall scored the winner in extra time to lead the West Kelowna Warriors past Prince George

Warriors prevail in overtime

Jordan Fairlie did everything Tuesday night but sell popcorn and park cars.

The 19-year-old Prince George goaltender single-handedly carried his team into overtime against the West Kelowna Warriors at Royal LePage Place.

In the end, the 50th shot sent his way off the stick of Tyler Cristall 3:10 into three-on-three overtime ended his night as the Warriors skated away with a 4-3 victory.

Anything less would have been robbery.

The Warriors were dominant in the offensive zone, creating numerous turnovers in the Spruce Kings end of the ice, forcing Fairlie to make several spectacular save just to keep the game within reach.

The Warriors could easily have had a half dozen or more if they had any luck around the PG crease.

"I liked the way the we competed. I think we carried the play mostly and, aside from them getting a couple of lucky breaks, I thought we played well," said Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson.

One of those lucky breaks forced overtime. A shot from the left point on a Prince George power play caromed off the glass and ricocheted over the net where 6'2" Austin Fraser batted the puck behind Johnny Derrick.

Replays showed the puck was batted in with a high stick. The play was not reviewable, and the goal was allowed to stand.

The game winner came as the Warriors' three-man unit took turns circling around the perimeter until Cristall was able to find a seam, cut toward the middle from the left boards, and wire a shot low to the far side.

The Warriors staked themselves a 2-0 lead by the 15-minute mark of the first.

Chase Dafoe scored his first in a Warrior uniform eight minutes in. The play when the Warriors stole the puck outside the Prince George blue line.

John Evans led the counterattack, got the puck to Cristall who spun at the side of the net and found Dafoe alone in front.

Nick Roukounakis scored his first of two with a shot from a sharp angle near the goal line after a great feed from Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero from the end boards.

The spruce Kings got one back before the end of the period, then evened it at 2-2 on the power play early in the second.

The tying goal came on their first shot of the frame after the Warriors had already peppered Fairlie with nine shots.

The Warriors didn't get anything from a 23 shot barrage in the second, but were rewarded early in the third with their first power play goal of the pre season.

Roukounakis deposited his third or the pre season banging home a rebound from the edge of the crease.

The Warriors had several good looks on the power play but managed just the one goal on five chances. Prince George was 2 for 6.

West Kelowna outshot PG 50-25.

The Warriors, 2-1 in the pre season, close out exhibition play this weekend with a home-and-home set against the Vernon Vipers.

The two teams meet Friday at Royal LePage Place before moving north for a Saturday date at Kal Tire Place.



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